Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Coil Springs and Shock Absorber



4WD Wagon

See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the rear strut assembly-1984-87 4WD Wagon

  1. Support the rear of the vehicle securely and remove the rear wheels. Support the rear axle housing securely with a floor jack.
  3. Remove the damper access covers from inside. Remove the cap and unscrew the two nuts on each side.
  5. If you are removing the shock absorbers only, lower the axle just enough for the rod to clear the body. Otherwise, lower the axle until the shock absorbers and spring parts are all free. Remove the springs, upper and lower seats (if necessary), then unbolt the shock absorbers at the axle and remove them.
  7. If springs have been removed, install the upper spring seats into the body. Place the lower spring seats on the axle and position the springs on the seats.

To install:
  1. Install the shock absorbers upright in the axle housing and bolt them loosely at the bottom. Then, gradually raise the axle with a floor jack until the piston rods of the shock absorbers can be guided through the holes in the vehicle body. As you do this, also check that the springs are in the proper positions.
  3. When the piston rods are well through the body holes, install the two locknuts on either side. Using an Allen wrench to hold the nuts, and tighten the lower nuts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm) and the upper to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Install the cap and access cover. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the floor. Tighten the lower shock absorber mounting bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (83 Nm).